Special Event: Revisit Bucky: Exploring Synergetics
Join us for a Special Event at American University and Arena Stage in Washington, DC, on 11-13 June 2010
- Revisit Bucky: Exploring Synergetics
- Reception / Keynote / Lecture: Friday, 11 June 2010, 5:30PM
- 8:00PM, American University, SIS (School of
International Service) building
- Workshops: Saturday 12 June 2010, 8:30AM - 5PM,
American University, SIS building
- Performance of
R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY
(and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE: Saturday
12 June 2010, 8 PM - 10:30 PM,
Arena Stage in Crystal City
- Symposium: Sunday 13 June 2010, 9AM - 5PM,
American University, SIS building
- Closing Reception: Sunday 13 June 2010, 7 PM - 9 PM
- American University (AU)
School of International Service (SIS)
Nebraska and New Mexico AVE NW
Washington, DC 20016
Directions to American
Arena Stage in Crystal City
1800 South Bell Street
Arlington, VA 22202
to Arena Stage in Crystal City
- Pre-Registration is required. The
registration fee is $175; $75 for students. Special rates are available
for AU students and for each part of the event. Please fill out the on-line
registration form. Please mail checks to Synergetics Collaborative;
240 Copley Road; Upper Darby, PA 19082-4016.
- A schedule for
the event is now available: Revisit Bucky Event Schedule.
- Short Description:
- In these times of crisis, we need to
reconnect with visionary leaders like R. Buckminster Fuller
(affectionately known as "Bucky") who can
help us solve the critical issues of our time. The special
event Revisit Bucky: Exploring Synergetics will provide
hands-on workshops to introduce fundamental concepts from Bucky's Synergetics,
watching the Arena Stage's performance of R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and
Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE written and directed by D. W.
Jacobs, and a series of lectures and discussions to explore how we
can build on Bucky's magnum opus, Synergetics.
- The Synergetics Collaborative, American University's School of
International Service (SIS), and the Arena Stage present a special
event Revisit Bucky: Exploring Synergetics
at American University and the Arena Stage on 11-13 June 2010.
The event will begin with a Friday evening reception at the new
70,000 square-foot, environmentally friendly SIS building that
McDonough designed. J. Marc Greuther, Chief Curator of
Industry at The Henry Ford Museum (HFM), will deliver a keynote lecture. D.W. Jacobs,
author and playwright of "R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY (and
Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE" at the Arena Stage will give a lecture.
On Saturday the program will involve three engaging hands-on &
heads-on workshops building models to explore some
of the basic principles of Fuller's Synergetics (a more complete
description of the
workshops is here).
- Joe Clinton will explain
Bucky's Laminar Geodesic Dome and help us build a 14'
diameter die-cut paper board model inspired by Bucky's patent
video clip from Joe's 2007 RISD talk on Synergetics 100).
- Nick Tomlin, Professor John Belt, and Jack Higgins will lead a
workshop on the Vector Equilibrium which will be featured in the
play we will watch in the evening (in particular, Dennis Dreher's
Octabug2 will be built and several other prototypes from SUNY Oswego
will be available to study or purchase).
- Tim Havranek will lead a
workshop to build models that help explain Bucky's closest packing
of spheres and the isotropic vector matrix.
In building small artifacts on three of the most important
parts of Synergetics (geodesics, the vector equilibrium, and
the closest packing of spheres / isotropic vector matrix),
participants will be primed to experience the performance at
the Arena Stage in the evening with the benefit of a tactile
physical experience of Buckminster Fuller's magnum opus, Synergetics. When you get home, be sure to show off your
models to friends and family!
Saturday evening we will take an unforgettable journey
inside one of the most remarkable minds of the 20th
century by attending a performance at the Arena Stage of D.
W. Jacobs' acclaimed play "R. Buckminster Fuller:
THE HISTORY (and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE" (watch a video
of D. W. Jacobs).
On Sunday the program will start with Bucky's architectural partner
Thomas Zung introducing SIS Dean Louis Goodman. Then SIS Assistant
Dean & Project Representative Joseph Clapper giving a tour
of the new SIS building (designed by William
McDonough the renowned Bucky inspired "green" architect). . Bucky's last Chief Engineer, Amy Edmondson will
deliver the keynote to Revisit Bucky.
Thomas T.K. Zung
There will be space in the AU SIS Building to
display your models or art work, so please bring them along.
During the Show-n-Tell on Sunday afternoon, we would love to hear
you talk about your work!
In the afternoon we will hear presentations from Gus
Jaccaci on "General Periodicity", Stephen M. Levin, MD on
and Martin Brennan (see a video of
Martin with Harold Channer on YouTube) will
talk about and demo his vision for the "Synergetics
Exhibit Network". We will conclude the day by inviting
participants to share their work with a "Show-N-Tell" (watch the video
of Nick Tomlin's Show-N-Tell from our 2007 Symposium at RISD).
The Show-N-Tell should lead into a discussion about Revisiting
Bucky and Exploring Synergetics.
There will be a closing reception at Steve Levin's place in
The event will offer an opportunity to discuss and share
diverse viewpoints among the Synergetics community, the
University, and George
Washington University (GWU), students, faculty, The American Institute of Architects
(AIA), American Society of
Interior Designers (ASID), and others looking to revisit
Bucky and explore his magnum opus, Synergetics, in working to meet
Please join the Synergetics Collaborative, American University,
Arena Stage, AIA, ASID, GWU, Georetown University, students and
others as we Revisit Bucky: Exploring Synergetics and
work to understand how our world can be made to work for 100%
of humanity at this special event on 11-13 June 2010.
"We have to recognize that every event and manifestation
of nature is design, that to live within the laws of nature means
to express our human intention as an interdependent species, aware
and grateful that we are at the mercy of sacred forces larger
than ourselves, and that we obey these laws in order to honor the
sacred in each other and in all things. We must come to peace with
and accept our place in the natural world."
--- William McDonough
- Workshops Descriptions
Description page provides more information about the three introductory
model-building experiences for the 12 June 2010 program.
- Housing Options
The event will be held at American
Stage in Crystal City. So if you are travelling, you will
want to find a place to stay that is close to both venues.
American University has two documents on-line with lists of local hotels:
Hotels in the Metropolitan DC Area.
We know that some early registrants are staying in Crystal City (which is closer
to the Arena Stage since Saturday night's play will run until 10:30 PM) at
the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport
or the Crystal
Gateway Marriott, The Americana
Hotel, and the Hampton Inn
& Suites Reagan National Airport Hotel
- Options for Parking in Crystal City
This site might help with finding parking in
Crystal City for Sat night Dinner & Performance: Parking options
in Crystal City.
- Event Flyers
Thanks to Nick Tomlin and Sunhae Layna Cho of Rhode Island School of Design, we have two
flyers for the Revisit Bucky event:
Flyer 1 (JPEG format)
Flyer 1 (PDF format)
Flyer 2 (JPEG format)
Flyer 2 (PDF
format). Please post these flyers where they may be seen by others who
might want to learn about Bucky and Synergetics.
- YouTube Videos
- International Participants
- Information for international participants
- About The Sponsors
- Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) was founded in 2002
to bring together a diverse group of people with an interest in
Buckminster Fuller's Synergetics in face-to-face workshops, symposia,
seminars, and other meetings to educate and support research and
understanding of the many facets of Synergetics, its methods and principles.
Visit the Synergetics Collaborative
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